The United States of America has raised fears over Al-Qeada strikes despite the death of its former leader. Al-Qeada is a terror group commanded by the late Osama Bin Laden.
Speaking during an open United Nations Security Council’s Debate on the UN Counter Terrorism Committes, the United States Deputy Representative to the global body, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, said that even though Osama bin-Laden no longer directs the al-Qaeda organization, the government of his country remain gravely concerned that the terror group and its affiliates continue to carry out unconscionable acts of terrorism in diverse regions of the world.
Ambassador DiCarlo said that the 1267 Committee must continue to be vigilant and adapt to this evolving threat.
Her words: “We particularly encourage the Committee, with the support of the 1267 Monitoring Team, to rededicate itself to ensuring full implementation of the 1267 asset freeze, arms embargo, and travel ban”
“We envision swift and credible responses to reported non-compliance, as well as providing training and capacity-building support. We also welcome recent major improvements to the fairness and transparency of the Committee's work and once again commend the Ombudsperson for her hard work and diligence”
Saying that the US would continue to strongly support the work of the CTC and its Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate to monitor and promote the implementation of resolutions 1373 and 1624, the Diplomat noted that the US is particularly pleased that CTED’s work has evolved in recent years to become more "hands-on" and practical in its focus
To ensure continued progress, the United States strongly encourages other Member States and regional organizations to contribute to the UNODA Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament, she said, adding that implementation of resolution 1540 addresses proliferation issues and also benefits Member States by focusing on broader security concerns such as border controls, trafficking in drugs and weapons, maritime security, and public health, all of which contributes to the maintenance of international peace and security.
Speaking on steps to be taken to eradicate terrorism, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said that there was need to ensure that terrorist hostage takers could not enjoy the benefits of ransoms, stressing that the United Nations must also improve its ability to help Member States secure porous or unguarded borders that allow terrorists to travel with impunity.
She also noted that the United Nations has a role to play in helping states strengthen the capacity of civilian courts to prosecute and convict terrorists, adding that the United States is pleased to continue to support CTED-led projects that bring together practitioners at regional and subregional levels to address common CT challenges.